We believe that technology provides us with tools to help us better understand our world and better communicate with our fellow humans. We recognize that access to technology gives students greater opportunities to learn, engage, communicate, and develop skills that will prepare them for work, life, and citizenship. We are committed to helping students develop 21st-Century digital life skills in order to create, collaborate, communicate and think critically while at the same time preserving our unique culture and maintaining a balance of screen time and face-to-face time with teachers and peers.  Technology use is embedded throughout the curriculum, including digital video editing units, learning to use spreadsheets in math and science classes, learning to use organizational apps, using presentation software, taking notes and recording data with hand-held devices, and the AP Principles of Computer Science course.

List of 7 items.

  • Acceptable Use Policy

    You can find our Acceptable Use Policy here (updated April 2016).
  • Portal

    Teachers, students and parents use the community portal to customize their communications from the school.  Portal users can access customized calendars, news feeds, slideshows and athletics updates and receive alerts to their mobile phones.  Our parent and student portals offer access to virtual classroom spaces, assignment calendars, report cards, a searchable school directory and supplementary information available to portal users at any time from anywhere. Students depend on our classroom portal as an easy way to access their homework assignments, participate in a discussion board topic, contribute to a class blog, turn in work, and collaborate on projects, and it serves as a communication center for many student clubs and groups on campus.  
  • Classrooms

    All of our classrooms have at least one computer and some have several, allowing teachers to provide a variety of activities simultaneously in their classrooms, and nearly every teacher makes use of a digital projector to bring multimedia content, digital slide presentations, or the latest news and research from the Web into the classroom. Students and teachers also have wireless access to the Internet and the school network throughout the campus.

  • Computer Labs

    In addition to our 1:1 Chromebook program, Tandem Friends has a PC lab and Mac lab for digitial film and desktop publishing classes. With the experience gained in their classes, Tandem Friends students regularly produce films recognized as noteworthy in the greater Charlottesville community, and our students compete every year in the Bridge Film Festival.

  • BYOD

    Tandem Friends School has a bring-your-own-device program in grades 10-12. 

    Goals of the BYOD program:
    • To provide seamless technology integration into the classroom in order to enhance the rigorous college-prep curriculum.
    • To promote collaboration and communication amongst students and teachers beyond the walls of the classroom.
    • To allow students to explore and create, and reinforce a process of learning that allows innovation and problem solving.
    • To educate students on how to be health, considerate digital natives.
    Recommended device: While we don’t recommend a specific device, there are some points that should be taken into consideration, as listed below. Also note that the desktop version of Microsoft Office 365 is not available on a Chromebook or tablet device. The recommended device should:
    • be lightweight and sturdy;
    • include a keyboard;
    • have several hours of battery power and easy options for recharging;
    • have wireless capabilities;
    • have access to cloud storage.
    Affordability:
    When a financial aid application warrants, the school will figure out a subsidy on a sliding scale so it’s seamless to the family. Please contact the Business Office for more information.

    More information on Microsoft Office 365:
    Office 365 Education for Students is available for free to Tandem Friends students as part of our Office 365 license. This plan allows students to install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access on up to 5 PCs or Macs and Office apps on other mobile devices including Android, iPad®, and Windows tablets. The plan also includes 1TB of OneDrive storage, managed by the school, and students can edit and collaborate using Office Online, Yammer, and SharePoint sites. You can find system requirements here: https://products.office.com/en-us/office-system-requirements

    Basic student responsibilities with regard to the BYOD program:
    Students are expected to bring their device to school each day fully charged and ready for use. As with any device on campus, students are expected to adhere to the school’s Acceptable Use Policy.
  • 1:1 Chromebook Program

    Our Chromebook Program stems from the school’s strategic plan’s 21st-Century School goal. We believe that devices such as Chromebooks allow students to explore and create, and reinforce a process of learning that allows innovation and problem solving. We support a 1:1 Chromebook program in grades 5 through 9, with students receiving school-provided Chromebooks to use. Teachers work closely with each other and with the Technology Director to develop a dynamic curriculum that integrates the devices in a thoughtful, deliberate way, consistent with the ethical and moral standards of the School and the larger community.
  • Chromebook Policy

    You can find our Chromebook policy here.